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Dem rep on Trump ‘Adam Schitt’ tweet: ‘I feel like I’m back in seventh grade’

Greg Nash

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) on Monday criticized President Trump for resorting to “juvenile name-calling” by attacking Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) as “little Adam Schitt.”

“I feel like I’m back in seventh grade here, where we have juvenile name-calling. This is important stuff. We’re talking about protecting the rule of law, and the best the president can do is start calling people names,” Quigley, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN’s “New Day.”

{mosads}Trump on Sunday blasted Schiff, the likely incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, after the congressman appeared on a Sunday talk show and raised questions about acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker overseeing the special counsel investigation.

Quigley said the committee must be focused on protecting Mueller, restoring the relationship with the intelligence community and working on a bipartisan basis.

“In the midst of all this, the president resorts to such actions,” he said. “It’s extraordinary.”

Trump has clashed with Schiff repeatedly over the past two years, though Sunday was the first time he appeared to intentionally misspell the lawmaker’s name. Rep. Pete King (D-N.Y.), asked about the incident in a separate interview Monday morning on Fox News, said he wished the president had not made the comment.

Democrats have raised concerns about Trump’s decision to appoint Whitaker to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Whitaker has spoken and written critically about the special counsel’s investigation, suggesting that the attorney general could stifle funding and that its scope should be limited.

Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was unaware of those comments before picking Whitaker for the post.

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